Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Community Organizer Laurence Tan on Privatization

Laurence Tan was kind enough to give me permission to reprint his view on school privatization, and how it impacts communities of color and poverty like Watts. Green Dot's Animo Watts has an API of 494, one of the lowest in Los Angeles County.

"That's what my HS UCLA group was TALKIN' about at City Hall last friday. 8 out of the 9! new charters opening up by 2010-2011 are in WATTS area alone!!! leading them to claim that LAUSD has given up reform in one of the most disenfranchised/marginalized areas of the CITY by washing its hands away and allowing private corporations take over with their capitalist and exclusionary business models!!! WTFreak?!? Aug 25th is an important date because School board votes on charter decisions... we CAN NOT have a repeat of CHICAGO RENAISSANCE 2010!!! Watts youth, and youth all around deserve better!"


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